Youth Wellness Cafe
The overarching Wellness Café project works with a team of peer leaders to raise awareness about mental health in newcomer and immigrant communities in Toronto. This project was initiated by the Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) between 2015-2018.
After the end of the funding, in 2018, with support from organizations like the Toronto Public Health, the Youth Wellness Café emerged into a youth-led grassroots initiative which is inspired by and is an extension of the original project.
So far, we have engaged hundreds of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee youth in the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park communities in conversations, events and activities on mental health. We strive to normalize discussions on mental health and other taboo topics such as depression, anxiety, identity conflict, trauma and more. We also aim to introduce youth to healthy coping strategies while encouraging help seeking behavior.
We have hosted numerous events in parks and green spaces. In the past, we have successfully organized community-wide walks for mental health awareness in the Thorncliffe Park community which engaged over 200 residents. We have also done nature walks in the valley, picnics, self-care events and held Wellness Café sessions outdoors in RV Burgess Park. Through this we hope to connect participants to nature and green spaces around them and discuss the role of the environment on our mental well-being.
Parks we work in:
- RV burgess Park
Things we do:
- crafts/folk art
- environmental education
- visual arts
We're looking for volunteers in these areas:
- Occasional volunteers